U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office is committed to helping the nation secure affordable sources of renewable energy through the development and deployment of innovative wind power technologies.
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
- National Wind Technology Center: NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is the nation’s premier wind energy technology research facility.
- Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD): WILD is a browsable collection of documents and document descriptions that cover the impact on wildlife from a variety of technologies including wind energy.
The BLM manages 20.6 million acres of public lands with wind potential. The BLM’s Lands and Realty Management program has authorized 40 wind energy development projects with a total approved capacity of 5608 megawatts, enough to supply the power needs of over 2 million homes. In addition, the BLM has authorized hundreds of wind energy testing sites with 59 pending and 33 authorized energy testing applications. For more information view the BLM wind energy fact sheet.
The BLM Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluates issues associated with wind energy development on Western public lands (excluding Alaska).
The mission of the USFWS is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. As part of this, the USFWS implements statutes including the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. These statutes prohibit taking (harming) of federally listed species, migratory birds, and eagles unless otherwise authorized.
The USFWS Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance (ECPG) provides specific in-depth guidance for conserving bald and golden eagles in the course of siting, constructing, and operating wind energy facilities.
Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines were released in March 2012. The Guidelines are designed to help wind energy project developers avoid and minimize impacts of land-based wind projects on wildlife and their habitats. The voluntary guidelines are intended to help shape the smart siting, design, and operation of the nation’s growing wind energy economy.
On April 9, 2012, NWCC and AWWI hosted a briefing on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. The briefing included a presentation by USFWS staff David Cottingham (Senior Advisor to the Director) and Christy Johnson-Hughes (National Energy Coordinator) followed by questions and answers.
- To watch a recording of the webinar, please click here
- To view the presentation PowerPoint, please click here
- To review the questions and responses that were not addressed during the webinar briefing, please click here. Responses were provided by USFWS staff who presented on the webinar.
The Wind Energy Training Broadcast Series covers the voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines and other relevant topics. The bimonthly broadcasts cover emerging issues and provide direction for wind energy facility planning, development, and operations.
The Energy Resources Program, in response to the US Department of the Interior’s 2012 Energy Frontier Wind Initiative, is charged with utilizing research, modeling, and monitoring to develop a quantitative methodology to assess the ecological impacts associated with the widespread development of wind-farms.
View wind power-related research projects at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.